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Get Dan Riehl A Tissue: The Undefeated

11 June 2011 @ 15:19

Long-time readers of TCOTS will know that, while I have great respect for Dan Riehl, I’ve lamented that he is one cranky, cynical, and angry SOB, so it came as great surprise to me to find out that Danny Boy was recently moved to tears by a  documentary that didn’t involve abused animals and a Sarah MacLaughlin soundtrack.

From his extensive and well-written review of the documentary on Sarah Palin, The Undefeated, over at Big Hollywood, some highlights [tip of the oversea’s cap to Admiral Smitty]:

The opening will likely leave many a viewer sitting alone in a darkened theater asking, … why? Why are they so intent on destroying Sarah Palin (or me, and what I believe in, assuming one has come to identify with the former Governor politically to at least some degree)? And that’s just the first four minutes.

From my first viewing of a rough cut of “The Undefeated” over a week ago, to re-visiting the opening four times now, as an individual deeply passionate about conservative politics – even if often expressed confrontationally, I’ve not been able to get through it once without checking back tears born of a mix of emotions – from sadness and anger, to frustration and deep concern. I’m not ashamed to say, on more than one occasion, said checking failed.

And…

So, what did this woman, or her and our conservative principles, ever do, or do to them, exactly? The answer is, nothing – except perhaps threaten them, merely by existing. For her part, all Sarah Palin ever did was speak out boldly for many of us. And that is why “The Undefeated” is a film with insights and consequences that reach far beyond former Alaska Governor and 2008 VP Candidate, Sarah Palin – however central to the film are her resume and experience. It should not, it must not be lost on Conservatives that every insult, every slander and gross mischaracterization spat at Sarah Palin was not meant only for her, but for all conservatives and what they believe in, as well as the America they would envision for themselves and their grandchildren.

Indeed, while Sarah Palin is by far the central character in “The Undefeated”, the film includes insightful, thought provoking commentary from Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce, Andrew Breitbart and a host of others, all undefeated voices of the Right on their own terms. In a sense, they are as much Palin, as she is them, and all of us together comprise, a common sense, genuine, Reagan conservatism.

Did I cry at the film? How could I not realizing that all those things are under serious assault and currently at risk of being defeated – ultimately. Politically, with, or without a Sarah Palin, will a genuine Reagan conservatism remain undefeated, or politically viable, after 2012? Frankly, I can’t answer that. You’re damn right I cried and suspect I will, again, eventually. But keep in mind, that’s the beginning of “The Undefeated,” not the end, by any means.

And…

Think of Sarah Palin what you will, the fact is, there is no other individual in American politics today, except perhaps for Barack Obama, that has generated so much focus and attention. That alone elevates Palin to a level any GOP nominee is going to have to achieve to be truly competitive in 2012. But even if Sarah Palin doesn’t run, or fails to re-ignite the spark in grassroot hearts she did in 2008, someone is going to have to carry the banner for “The Undefeated” in 2012 – lest what might be called a more traditionalist view of America not remain undefeated for very long.

That, for me, is the real message to be taken away from [Director Stephen] Bannon’s “The Undefeated.” With a Democrat Party now fully committed to statism and a GOP establishment that all too often embraces a slow-stepped form of compromise that ultimately gets us to the same place more slowly, Bannon’s film is every bit a story about America’s larger political future, than it is biopic of one former Governor and Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. And that’s why it’s a must see film for those on the Right interested and motivated when it comes to conservative and Republican politics – whether one fancies Sarah Palin, or not.

Please click here to read the rest of Dan’s review.  Oh, and tell Dan to man-up — nothing wrong with a man getting a tear in the old eye, but there’s no crying in The Restoration!

There’s a website for the film located here.

Mrs. B. and I are hoping it screens in our area.  I’m not a big fan of such films, but, if Dan is Right, this one could break the mold of boring and predictable campaign films.  And I would not be surprised if the movie did not do exactly that — just like it’s main subject does all the time.

4 Comments
  1. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    11 June 2011 @ 16:48 16:48

    “It should not, it must not be lost on Conservatives that every insult, every slander and gross mischaracterization spat at Sarah Palin was not meant only for her, but for all conservatives and what they believe in, as well as the America they would envision for themselves and their grandchildren.”

    Excellent point – I don’t believe I can really add anything to that.

  2. bobbelvedere permalink*
    12 June 2011 @ 18:48 18:48

    Otis: She is us and we are her.

  3. Roxeanne de Luca permalink
    12 June 2011 @ 19:53 19:53

    Sounds amazing. If only McCain’s campaign team of establishment Republicans had done their job, something similar would have aired in September of 2008.

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